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A True Inspiration
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On the 263rd day of his epic 2,012 mile “BRIT 2012 Challenge” walk, Phil Packer MBE arrived at Pembrokeshire College where a packed theatre eagerly awaited his arrival.
After suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 2008 and having been told he was unlikely to walk again; Phil challenged himself to walk the equivalent of approximately 310 Marathons in 330 days, walking 8-10 miles for Phil is the equivalent of over a marathon for a person without a spinal cord injury.
Phil spoke to the students about his injury and how this inspired his vision for the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT). Living by the motto “Everything is possible,” Phil aims to raise £15 million to build the BRIT Centre of Inspiration for young people facing adversity.
Phil’s epic 2,012 mile journey started on the 24 January and is both extraordinary and visionary. The need for a BRIT Centre of Inspiration for charities and young people facing their darkest times is gaining support from young people, charities and communities wherever Phil walks.
As part of the challenge, Phil is making his way through locations chosen by young people in every county of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, including Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. On the way, he is meeting young people who are facing physical and mental adversity, from community groups and charities, as well as youth from schools, colleges and universities.
Before leaving the College Phil completed several miles of his journey accompanied by students on the College’s army preparation course who were also inspired by Phil’s rapid promotion through the army ranks.
Walking 2,012 miles throughout 2012 is an enormous challenge for Phil who will return to London in December for his final month when he will walk in each of the 33 London Boroughs before completing his 2012 miles at Canary Wharf.
Over the last four years, the challenges Phil has undertaken for others and his determination to support charities and young people have inspired millions.
Phil reached the half-way 1,006 mile mark of the BRIT 2012 Challenge on 22 August 2012, when he launched an appeal to businesses to pledge either £10,000 for the capital build or £5,000 for specialist equipment to make the BRIT Centre of Inspiration a reality. British Airways, BT, Calor, Capital Shopping Centres, Dunhill, Norton, Virgin and WPP have already lined up to back Phil’s quest to build the BRIT Centre, a unique facility that will aim to transform the lives of young people contemplating self-harm or facing depression and self-despair as a result of traumatic experiences. Phil’s unique vision for BRIT is to ensure the charity works in partnership with other charities, providing synergies and, therefore, support for more young people in need. He does not ask the public for financial support.
Young people can show their support for the “BRIT 2012 Challenge” by registering via the BRIT website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel and completing 2012 miles this year as teams. One of the teams will receive a cheque for £2,012 on the final day of his walk in London in mid-December 2012 following a draw on the day; the team can decide on which charity the money goes to.
Phil commented: “This is about providing a physical legacy for our young people who face their darkest times and in a very special year including Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee Year and London 2012. I hope that 2,012 businesses will show their support of our young people who face adversity by creating a Centre of Inspiration together. I also hope to involve young people throughout the year and encourage teams to help charities within their communities. I look forward to hearing from charities and young people throughout the country that need support or would like to show their support for the BRIT cause.”
To find out more about how you can support Phil Packer and donate towards the BRIT Centre of Inspiration, please visit: http://www.britishinspirationtrust.org.uk. Follow BRIT on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information